came through the streets today and I saw so many posters of the wonderful
candidates here. But I had to reflect. I think I saw more posters than the
delegates at this conference and I wondered, ‘is this really the best use of
our resources?’" these were the words of John Hayward, a representative of
the Conservative Party, who witnessed the New Patriotic Party National
Delegates Conference in Koforidua in 2018.
Saturday, during the primaries to elect the party’s parliamentary candidates for
the 2020 elections, the fault lines of vote buying and underhand dealings were exacerbated
to unimaginable level.
to tactics of thugery, brigandage, violence, and vote buying blighted the
election that had to be delayed, because of the outbreak of the novel
coronavirus in March.
has always touted itself as the best version of our democracy, but time and
time again, the party shoots itself in the foot, by exhibiting undemocratic
newspaper, we accept that democracy is work in progress, but after 28 years of
practicing multi-party democracy, and having seen the highs and lows, it is
important we point out the signs that have the potential to affect its growth
is becoming notorious for all the ills that undermines our progress as a
election, which should be a contest of ideas, has been reduced to a contest for
the highest bidder. Those with deep
pockets emerged victorious last Saturday.
not the first time Ghanaians are witnessing open display of wealth from the
NPP. It is becoming one too many and the disdain with which they defend it, is
what at the core of the problem.
Akufo-Addo, who is blind when it comes to anything NPP, instead cautioning his
party to steer off the dangerous tangent, issued a statement to congratulate the
party for organizing a successful parliamentary primary.
considered opinion, Ghanaians are yet to enjoy and experience enough of the
dividends of democracy since Akufo-Addo took the oath of office. There has been
heightened tension since 2017, as a result of the activities of vigilante
groups affiliated with his party.
has been rife as more Ghanaians are killed, maimed, or kidnapped.
It is our submission
that, it is not too late for the NPP to amend it ways. If they don’t want to
listen to us, at least they should take the admonition of John Hayward.